If 'improvement of the native population is the object of the government'

While the BJP government of Karnataka is continuing unchecked with its pet project of erecting a parasitic and useless Sanskrit University, I'd like to draw the attention of readers to what Raja Ram Mohan Roy had to say, in a letter to Lord Amherst, Governor General in Council, about the Government's decision to establish a similar Sanskrit School in Calcutta, on 11 December 1823. I was happy to discover, today, that Roy held similar views on the topic:
We find that the government are establishing a Sanskrit school under Hindu pandits to impart such knowledge as is already current in India. This seminary (similar in character to those which existed in Europe before the time of Lord Bacon) can only be expected to load the minds of youth with grammatical niceties and meta physical distinctions of little or no practical use to the possessors or to society. The pupils will there acquire what was known two thousand years ago with the addition of vain and empty subtleties since then produced by speculative men such as is already commonly taught in all parts of India.
Roy argued that the Government must, instead of perpetuating ignorance, establish a school which provides education in the European sciences:
If it had been intended to keep the British nation in ignorance of real knowledge, the Baconian philosophy would not have been allowed to displace the system of the schoolmen which was the best calculated to perpetuate ignorance. In the same manner the Sanskrit system of education would be the best calculated to keep this country in darkness, if such had been the policy of the British legislature. But as the improvement of the native population is the object of the government, it will consequently promote a more liberal and enlightened system of instruction, embracing mathematics, natural philosophy, chemistry, anatomy, with other useful sciences, which may be accomplished with the sums proposed by employing a few gentlemen of talent and learning educated in Europe and providing a college furnished with necessary books, instruments, and other apparatus.
Now of course, I can already hear critics either launch ad hominem attacks on Raja Ram Mohan Roy, and/or frantically google for what M. S. Golwalkar or his tribe had to say about the man, and/or point out that we already have the kind of schools which Roy wanted the British Government to establish.

While I will have to let the ad hominem attackers and googlers go ahead and waste their time, the answer to the third critique is that we don't have the "few gentlemen of talent and learning" who understand how to impart that knowledge in Kannada without resorting to over-sanskritizing the terminology and thereby making the mother tongue of the people itself seem alien. The native population, whose improvement must ideally be the object of the government, is so deeply misunderstood by it that it thinks of Kannada, a Dravidian language, as some sort of a corrupt form of Sanskrit, with its ideologues still possessing the stupidity of calling linguistics as a pseudo-science.

Irrespective of what the BJP Government is doing today, and irrespective of the fact that it is incorrigible, I must point out that the best application of Kannadiga taxpayer money is in improving the Kannada medium education system. We can't afford to waste our money on useless parasites; there is a lot of innovation in Kannada which is in dire need of intellectual attention and monetary funding.


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